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Rogen at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Seth Aaron Rogen

(1982-04-15) April 15, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada [1] [2]
Citizenship
  • Canada
  • United States
Occupation
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Lauren Miller (m. 2011)

Seth Aaron Rogen ( /ˈrɡən/ ; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and director. He began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in Judd Apatow's series Freaks and Geeks . Shortly after he moved to Los Angeles for his role, Freaks and Geeks was officially cancelled after one season due to low viewership. Rogen later got a part on sitcom Undeclared , which also hired him as a writer.

Stand-up comedy comedy style where the performer addresses the audience directly

Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, comedian, comedienne, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian gives the illusion that they are dialoguing, but in actuality, they are monologuing a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners, typically called a shtick, routine, or set. Some stand-up comedians use props, music or magic tricks to enhance their acts. Stand-up comedy is stated to be the "freest form of comedy writing" that is normally regarded as an "extension of" the person performing. The improvisation of stand-up is often compared to jazz music. A comedian's process of writing is likened to the process of song writing. A comedian's ability to tighten their material has been likened to crafting a samurai sword.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

Judd Apatow American producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian

Judd Apatow is an American filmmaker and comedian. He is the founder of Apatow Productions, through which he produced and developed the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Funny or Die Presents, Girls, Love, and Crashing and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009), This Is 40 (2012), Trainwreck (2015), May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers (2017), and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018).

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After landing his job as a staff writer on the final season of Da Ali G Show , Apatow guided him toward a film career. Rogen made his first movie appearance in Donnie Darko with a minor role in 2001. Rogen was cast in a supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow's directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin . Universal Pictures subsequently cast him as the lead in Apatow's films Knocked Up and Funny People . Rogen co-starred as Steve Wozniak in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic in 2015. In 2016, he developed the AMC television series Preacher with his writing partner Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. He also serves as a writer, executive producer, and director, with Goldberg.

<i>Da Ali G Show</i> name of two related satirical TV series

Da Ali G Show is a British satirical television series created by and starring English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. In the series, Baron Cohen plays three unorthodox journalists — faux-streetwise poseur Ali G, Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev, and gay Austrian fashion enthusiast Brüno Gehard. These characters conduct real interviews with unsuspecting people, many of whom are celebrities, high-ranking government officials, and other well-known figures, during which they are asked absurd and ridiculous questions.

<i>Donnie Darko</i> 2001 film by Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Stu Stone, Daveigh Chase and James Duval. The film follows the adventures of the troubled title character as he seeks to find the meaning behind his doomsday-related visions.

<i>The 40-Year-Old Virgin</i> 2005 film by Judd Apatow

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American sex comedy film directed by Judd Apatow, who co-wrote the screenplay with Steve Carell. The film stars Carell as the titular 40-year-old virgin Andy Stitzer, a stock supervisor at an electronics store and a toy hobbyist whose friends resolve to help him lose his virginity. Catherine Keener and Paul Rudd also star. It was the directorial debut of Apatow. The screenplay features a great deal of improvised dialogue. The film was released theatrically in North America on August 19, 2005. It received positive reviews from critics and grossed $177 million worldwide.

Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote the films Superbad , Pineapple Express , The Green Hornet , This Is the End , and directed both This Is the End and The Interview ; all of which Rogen starred in. He has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who! , the Kung Fu Panda film series, The Spiderwick Chronicles , Monsters vs. Aliens , Paul , Sausage Party , and will provide the voice of Pumbaa in the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King .

<i>Superbad</i> (film) 2007 film by Greg Mottola

Superbad is a 2007 American coming-of-age teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, two teenagers about to graduate high school. Before graduating, the boys want to party and lose their virginity, however their plan proves harder than expected. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the script began development when they were 13 years old, and was loosely based on their experience in Grade 12 in Vancouver during the 1990s; the main characters have the same given names as the two writers. Rogen was also initially intended to play Seth, but due to age and physical size this was changed, and Hill went on to portray Seth, while Rogen portrayed the irresponsible Officer Michaels, opposite former Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader as Officer Slater.

<i>Pineapple Express</i> (film) 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green

Pineapple Express is a 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and starring Rogen and James Franco. The plot concerns a process server and his marijuana dealer as they are forced to flee from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after witnessing them commit a murder. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story.

<i>The Green Hornet</i> (2011 film) 2011 American superhero film directed by Michel Gondry

The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action adventure comedy film based on the character of the same name by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker that originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books and other media. Directed by Michel Gondry and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film stars Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, Tom Wilkinson and Cameron Diaz.

Early life

Seth Aaron Rogen [3] was born on April 15, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, [4] to a Jewish family. His mother, Sandy (née Belogus), is a social worker, and his father, Mark Rogen, worked for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of the Workmen's Circle Jewish fraternal organization. [5] [6] [7] [8] Since Rogen's father is American, he has American citizenship by birth, though the actor has stated "I definitely associate with being Canadian much more than being American" because he grew up in Canada. [9] He has described his parents, who met on kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel, as "radical Jewish socialists." [6] Rogen has an older sister named Danya, [5] and attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School, incorporating many of his classmates into his writing. He was also known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp. [5] [10] Rogen was raised Jewish. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

British Columbia Province of Canada

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.016 million as of 2018, it is Canada's third-most populous province.

Non-governmental organization organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business

Non-governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or nongovernment organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs, are usually non-profit and sometimes international organizations independent of governments and international governmental organizations that are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to effect changes according to their objectives. They are thus a subgroup of all organizations founded by citizens, which include clubs and other associations that provide services, benefits, and premises only to members. Sometimes the term is used as a synonym of "civil society organization" to refer to any association founded by citizens, but this is not how the term is normally used in the media or everyday language, as recorded by major dictionaries. The explanation of the term by NGO.org is ambivalent. It first says an NGO is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level, but then goes on to restrict the meaning in the sense used by most English speakers and the media: Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information.

Workmens Circle

The Workmen’s Circle or Der Arbeter Ring is an American Jewish nonprofit organization that promotes social and economic justice, Jewish community and education, including Yiddish studies, and Ashkenazic culture. It operates schools and Yiddish education programs, and year-round programs of concerts, lectures and secular holiday celebrations. The organization has community branch offices throughout North America, a national headquarters in New York City and approximately 11,000 members nationwide. It owns and operates a summer camp located in Hopewell Junction, New York called Camp Kinder Ring. It also runs an adult vacation campground facility, Circle Lodge, with bungalows and cottages, and a healthcare center in Bronx, New York.

As a child, Rogen did not want to pursue any career other than comedy, stating "As soon as I realized you could be funny as a job, that was the job I wanted". [7] He got his start in show business at age 12 after enrolling in a comedy workshop taught by Mark Pooley. [5] His early comedy routines involved jokes about his bar mitzvah, his grandparents, and his camp counsellors. [16] [5] During his teenage years, he would perform stand-up comedy routines at places like bar mitzvahs and small parties, later shifting to bars. [17] [18] A mohel paid him to write jokes. [19] At the age of 13, he co-wrote a rough draft of Superbad with childhood friend Evan Goldberg, whom he had met at bar mitzvah classes. [7] [19] [20] Based on their teenage experiences, [6] Rogen and Goldberg spent the rest of their time in high school polishing the script. They initially worried that American Pie (1999) had beaten them to the idea for the movie, but they decided that the film "managed to totally avoid all honest interaction between characters... which is what we're going for." [6]

A mohel is a Jew trained in the practice of brit milah, the "covenant of circumcision."

Evan Goldberg Canadian screenwriter

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian screenwriter, film producer, and director. He has collaborated with his childhood friend Seth Rogen in several films, including Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), This Is the End (2013), and The Interview (2014).

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Jewish coming of age rituals

Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ritual for boys. Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ritual for girls. The plural is B'nai Mitzvah for boys, and B'not Mitzvah for girls.

His mother was supportive of his comic endeavours and would often drive him to stand-up gigs at the comedy club Yuk Yuk's. [19] With his deadpan humour, he placed second in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16 years old. [17] Also when Rogen was 16, his father lost his job and his mother quit hers, forcing them to put their house up for sale and relocate to a significantly smaller apartment. Around this time, he landed a role on Judd Apatow's television show Freaks and Geeks after attending a local casting call. [7] [19] Rogen dropped out of high school, began working for Apatow, [21] [22] and relocated with his family to Los Angeles. Rogen paid the bills and had become the main wage earner at just 16. [7]

A comedy club is a venue—typically a nightclub, bar, casino, or restaurant—where people watch or listen to performances, including stand-up comedians, improvisational comedians, impersonators, impressionists, magicians, ventriloquists, and other comedy acts. The term "comedy club" usually refers to venues that feature stand-up comedy, as distinguished from improvisational theatres, which host improv or sketch comedy, and variety clubs.

Yuk Yuks

Yuk Yuk's is a national comedy club chain in Canada, founded by former stand-up comedian Mark Breslin and established in 1976 by Breslin and long-time friend Joel Axler. The company is currently run by Breslin and his long-time partner and President Jeff Silverman. The head office is located in downtown Toronto. Currently there are 15 Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs in six provinces across Canada.

Deadpan, dry humor or dry wit is the deliberate display of a lack of or no emotion, commonly as a form of comedic delivery to contrast with the ridiculousness of the subject matter. The delivery is meant to be blunt, ironic, laconic, or apparently unintentional.

Career

1999–2006: Early work and friendship with Judd Apatow

Rogen's acting debut was in Apatow's Freaks and Geeks , a cult hit series first released in 1999 as Ken Miller, a cynical, acerbic "freak". [7] Revolving around a group of teenagers' lives, Freaks and Geeks first aired in 1999. Although well-reviewed, the show was NBC's lowest-viewed program and was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings. [21] [23] Impressed with Rogen's improvisational skills, [19] Apatow then chose him as the lead in another of his shows, Undeclared . Rogen was originally set to play a fairly popular but nerdy college freshman, but the network did not think he was leading male material. Apatow opted not to go along with the show. [19] Rogen also served as a staff writer to the short-lived production. [24] [25]

Following the show's cancellation in 2002, Rogen did not get many auditions, which was not upsetting to him as he always thought he would achieve better success as a writer. [26] He would soon be a part of Apatow's "frat pack", a close-knit group that includes Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. [17] Of the awkwardness of a grown man spending so much time with a teenaged Rogen, Apatow said: "I'm such a comedy fan that, even though he's 16, I know I'm hanging out with one of the guys who's going to be one of the great comics." [19] Around this time, Apatow would come up with odd requests for Rogen and Goldberg, such as turn an idea of his into a movie in 10 days and come up with 100 one-page ideas for films. [26] Regarding Apatow's professional effect on Rogen, the actor said in 2009, "Obviously, I can't stress how important Judd's been to my career". [17]

Rogen had roles in Donnie Darko (2001) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004). [27] A big career point for him was becoming a staff writer for Sacha Baron Cohen's last season of Da Ali G Show in 2004. [22] Along with the show's other writers, Rogen received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. [28] He became familiar to audiences as one of the main character's co-workers in Apatow's well-reviewed buddy comedy directorial debut feature The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). [29] [30] Rogen also co-produced it and improvised all his dialogue. [22] [31] "[Rogen] hadn't done any screen work that indicated he could carry as memorable and convincing a performance as he does with the character Cal," MTV's John Constantine wrote. [27] The Boston Globe reviewer Wesley Morris wrote that Rogen, along with co-stars Rudd and Romany Malco, were each hilarious in their own right [32] and Orlando Sentinel 's Roger Moore believed that Rogen had his moments in the film [33] whereas Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times said the actor was "droopily deadpan." [34] He followed this with a small role in You, Me and Dupree (2006), a critically panned comedy featuring Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. [35]

2007–2009: Breakthrough as a leading man

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Rogen in 2007

His breakthrough came when Universal Studios greenlit him for the lead in yet another Apatow production: Knocked Up (2007), a romantic comedy that follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between his slacker character and Katherine Heigl's just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy. Upon completing The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow had approached Rogen about potential starring roles, but the actor suggested many high-concept science fiction ideas. After Apatow insisted that he would work better in real life situations, the two agreed on the accidental pregnancy concept of this production. [36] Rogen called shooting sex scenes with Heigl "nerve-racking" and found comfort with the supporting cast since, even though he played a lead, the focus was not all on him. [37] [38] Made on a $30 million budget and released on June 1, Knocked Up was a critical and commercial box office hit, garnering an approval rating of 90 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $219 million. [39] [40] Rogen also received favourable reviews. [41] [42] Later that year he played a supporting part as an irresponsible police officer in Superbad , which he had written with his writing partner and was co-produced by Apatow. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill originate the main roles, two teenage best friends whose party plans go wrong, based on them. [6] The film and their writing was praised, with critics finding it to be very authentic. [43] It topped the US box office for two weeks in a row. [44] He made a vocal cameo appearance in the animated film Shrek the Third , also released in 2007. [45] Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2007. [46]

Rogen's projects in 2008 included Jimmy Hayward's Horton Hears a Who! , an animated film based on the Dr. Seuss book, that Rogen voiced a character in, [47] and the fantasy film The Spiderwick Chronicles , in which he voiced a hobgoblin. [48] Rogen additionally co-wrote Drillbit Taylor , also produced by Apatow and starring Owen Wilson as the homeless titular character. [49] He based the screenplay on a 70-page scriptment done by John Hughes. [50] The movie was panned by critics who thought its plot – a grown man becoming three kids' bodyguard and beating up their bullies – had no focus and was drawn out. "If Superbad were remade as a gimmicky Nickelodeon movie, it would probably look something like Drillbit Taylor" Josh Bell wrote in the Las Vegas Weekly . [51] He again lent his voice to another animated movie, this time Kung Fu Panda , with Jack Black and Angelina Jolie. [52] It did exceptionally well in theatres, making more than $630 million. [53] Rogen made a cameo appearance in the comedy Step Brothers , released in July. [54] Rogen, Goldberg and Apatow were behind the stoner action comedy Pineapple Express directed by David Gordon Green at Columbia Pictures. Apatow produced it while Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script. [55] Rogen was chosen to play the film's protagonist, a 25-year-old who accidentally witnesses a murder while delivering a subpoena. James Franco was cast as his hippie pot dealer that he goes on the run with. When asked about its inspiration, Rogen said he wrote what he knew. [56] Pineapple Express was released to theatres on August 6 and made $101 million in ticket sales against its $27 million production budget. [57] Movie critics lauded it, appreciating their performances and its humor. [55] [58]

In April 2008, Empire reported Rogen and Goldberg would write an episode for the animated television series The Simpsons . [59] He also voiced a character in the episode, [60] entitled "Homer the Whopper", which opened the twenty-first season. [61] Kevin Smith's romantic comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno rounded out 2008 for the actor. He and Elizabeth Banks portrayed the title roles: Pennsylvania roommates who try to make some extra cash by making an adult film together. After having difficulty trying to secure an R rating, Rogen commented to MTV, "It's a really filthy movie," but complained, "It's really crazy to me that Hostel is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that... But you can't show two people having sex – that's too much". [62] The picture was distributed on Halloween by The Weinstein Company and disappointed at the box office. [63] Along with Reese Witherspoon, he voiced a character in the animated science fiction Monsters vs Aliens (2009), which did well commercially, with a total of $381.5 million. [64] He then starred in the Jody Hill-directed mall cop comedy Observe and Report , [65] in which he portrayed bipolar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhart. The film opened in theatres on April 10. Critics noted a departure in Rogen's acting style from playing laid-back roles to playing a more sadistic character; Wesley Morris from The Boston Globe opined that "Often with Rogen, his vulnerability makes his coarseness safe... Ronnie is something altogether new for Rogen. Vulnerability never arrives. He's shameless." [66] Later in 2009, Rogen starred in Apatow's third directorial feature, Funny People , with Adam Sandler. Rogen played a young, inexperienced comic while Sandler played a mentor of sorts to his character; the film had more dramatic elements in it than Apatow's previous efforts. [67] Funny People was a commercial failure, coming short of its $75 million budget, despite positive reviews. [68] [69] Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live again on April 4, 2009, where the music video for the Lonely Island song "Like a Boss", in which he starred, premiered. [70]

2010–present: Continued success, directing, and television work

After years of development, a feature film adaptation of The Green Hornet was handled by Rogen and Goldberg, with a theatrical release in January 2011. Rogen chose to do a re-imagining of the title character. [17] He was executive producer of the movie and also cast himself as the main character. Rogen later admitted to having been overwhelmed by handling its $120 million budget. "It's insane. But it's not so much the specific amount of money that's stressful, it's all the things that go along with making a movie of that size." [71] The actor also went on a strict weight-loss diet to play the slim crime fighter. [17] The Green Hornet was a critical disappointment; Adam Graham of the Detroit News called it "a big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie" [72] and the Arizona Republic 's Bill Goodykoontz found its story to have fallen apart. [73] Nonetheless it still opened at number one at the box office, making $33 million in its opening weekend before going on to gross more than $225 million. [74] In 2011, Rogen and Evan Goldberg founded the production company Point Grey Pictures, named after Point Grey Secondary School, which they both attended. [75]

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Rogen at the 2013 WonderCon

Rogen provided the voice and motion capture for the title character, a grey alien, in the science fiction comedy Paul (2011). [76] The film also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as a pair of geeks who help Paul escape from FBI agents. [77] He reprised his voice role in Kung Fu Panda 2 , [78] as well as produced and took a supporting role in 50/50 , from Mandate Pictures. The dramedy about cancer was based on an autobiographical script by screenwriter Will Reiser, [79] and was released in September 2011. The drama Take This Waltz , his fourth film of 2011, featured Rogen as a man whose wife (played by Michelle Williams) explores a new relationship with another man. [80] From 2011 to 2015, Rogen played Dirty Randy, a librarian and pornographer, in the sitcom The League , in addition to writing two episodes. [81] Rogen hosted the 27th Independent Spirit Awards in February 2012 and the road movie The Guilt Trip , also starring Barbra Streisand, was released in cinemas that December. [82] The film was about an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother (Streisand) on a road trip, as he attempts to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love. [83]

In 2013, Rogen along with screenwriting collaborator Evan Goldberg made their directorial debut with This Is the End , a comedy featuring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride playing fictional versions of themselves facing a global apocalypse. The film received positive reviews and was number two in the box office on its opening weekend. [84] [85] Rogen recurred on the revived fourth season of the comedy series Arrested Development in May 2013, playing a young George Bluth, Sr. (played by Jeffrey Tambor) in several flashback scenes. [86] He co-wrote the foreword for the 2014 book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris. and was reported be working on an adaptation with Goldberg. [87]

On April 12, 2014, Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live , with musician Ed Sheeran performing. [88] That May, Rogen starred in Neighbors with Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, which was directed by Nicholas Stoller. In the film, Rogen and Byrne played a couple who come into conflict with a fraternity, led by Efron's character, living next door. [89] The film became Rogen's highest grossing non-animated film, having grossed over $270 million globally. [90] Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-directed and co-wrote the story to the action comedy The Interview , starring Rogen and James Franco as a pair of journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after setting up an interview with him. In June 2014, North Korea threatened a "merciless" retaliation on the United States if it did not ban The Interview, labelling the movie "an act of war" and a "wanton act of terror", and Rogen himself a "gangster filmmaker". [91] In December, Sony Pictures announced that it was cancelling the release of the movie after a cyber attack on the studio, allegedly tied to North Korea and threats made subsequently by Kim Jong-un. [92] As a result of criticism of this decision, Sony subsequently made the film available online and it allowed theatrical release on December 25, 2014, [92] drawing mixed opinions from film critics. Scott Foundas of Variety found the film to be "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted", [93] while The Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Collin opined that it was "a raucous, abrasive, snort-out-loud satire with mischief in its heart and methane in its gut." [94] It grossed $11.3 million in theaters, [95] but had strong online sales and rentals. [96] Also in 2014, Rogen made cameo appearances in the comedy 22 Jump Street as the double of Jonah Hill's character and in James Franco's drama The Sound and the Fury as a telegrapher. [97] [98]

Rogen portrayed Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak in the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic (2015), from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. His performance in the film was widely praised and Rogen was commended for doing an "excellent job" by Wozniak himself. [99] [100] In November 2015, Rogen starred alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in the Christmas-themed comedy The Night Before as three best friends who annually reunite to celebrate Christmas Eve. [101] In 2016, he reprised his voice role in Kung Fu Panda 3 and in the Neighbors sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising . [102] [103] Along with Goldberg and Sam Catlin, Rogen developed the television series Preacher for Sony Pictures Television, which premiered on AMC on May 22, 2016. [104] The show is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and follows a small-town preacher named Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper) who possesses a superpower that allows him to command others to do as he says. [105] His last release of 2016 was the animated comedy Sausage Party , which in addition to voicing the lead character Frank—a sausage who tries to escape his fate in a supermarket—he co-wrote and produced. Sausage Party became the most commercially successful R-rated animated film of all time, overtaking South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). [106] Associated Press critic Lindsey Bahr wrote of the film: "There is no one out there making comedies quite like Rogen and Goldberg. They are putting their definitive stamp on the modern American comedy one decency-smashing double entendre at a time." [107]

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Rogen at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

Along with Evan Goldberg, Rogen directed and executive produced the science fiction comedy series Future Man , starring Josh Hutcherson, which premiered on the streaming service Hulu in November 2017. [108] The same year, Rogen and Goldberg also co-directed a short commercial film for Walmart, titled Bananas Town; [109] and Rogen portrayed the script supervisor, Sandy Schklair, to The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco), in the Franco-directed film The Disaster Artist , based on the book of the same name, which chronicles the making of the 2003 film The Room . [110] Rogen, as the founder of Hilarity for Charity, an organization that raises funds for Alzheimer's research and support, hosts an annual fundraising comedy event named after the organization. [111] The sixth event was broadcast through the streaming service Netflix in April 2018. [111] In July 2018, it was announced that Rogen was to voice public service announcements in his native Vancouver's TransLink transit system [112] and Toronto's Toronto Transit Commission. [113] Rogen co-starred alongside Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer as the love interest of Bell's character in the 2018 comedy-drama Like Father , directed by Rogen's wife, Lauren Miller. [114] In the romantic comedy Long Shot (2019), Rogen starred opposite Charlize Theron as an unemployed journalist who pursues his childhood love interest and babysitter, who has become a major political figure. [115]

Upcoming projects

In April 2017, Rogen was cast as the voice of the warthog Pumbaa in a remake of the animated musical film The Lion King (1994), [116] which is expected to be released on July 19, 2019. [117] The actor is also expected to play broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite in the historical drama Newsflash, which will reunite Rogen with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. [118] Rogen filmed scenes for the James Franco film Zeroville in 2014, but the film has not yet received distribution. [119]

Rogen will also produce the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy film Good Boys starring Jacob Tremblay. [120]

Outspoken views

Rogen has been outspoken about awareness of Alzheimer's disease. No one in his biological family has it but it runs on his wife's side, and has affected her mother for several years. "I think until you see it firsthand, it's kind of hard to conceive of how brutal it is," Rogen said to CNN. "Until I saw it, you just don't get kind of how heartbreaking it can be." [121] During the interview, he talked about how he tries to be emotionally supportive and around as much as he can for Miller's mother. Both he and Miller spoke to Larry King for A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic, which aired in April 2011. [121] Rogen testified about the disease and his charity before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on February 26, 2014. [122] Rogen started the Hilarity for Charity movement, to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the Millennial Generation. [123] On February 25, 2016, Rogen and Miller were honored with the unite2gether accolade from unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness and raising money for Alzheimer's research through Hilarity for Charity. [124]

Rogen appeared in a Bud Light commercial celebrating LGBT Pride Month and the Supreme Court of the United States ruling same-sex couples the right to marry. [125] He is a purported muse for the gay community, calling himself a "Bear Icon" in an appearance on Conan . [126] Rogen is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (Lambda Delta chapter) at the University of Vermont. He was initiated in April 2017 after his fourth visit to the campus for his Hilarity for Charity movement. [127] Rogen is also a member of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and an open marijuana user. [128] [129]

In June 2018, Rogen was invited by Mitt Romney to speak at a seminar for awareness of Alzheimer's disease hosted by Romney in Park City, Utah. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan was in attendance, asking Rogen for a photo after Ryan's children engaged Rogen in conversation. Rogen refused, stating in an interview with Stephen Colbert; "I look over and his kids are standing right there expectantly, clearly fans of mine, and I said, ‘No way, man!’” and telling Ryan “Furthermore, I hate what you’re doing to the country at this moment and I’m counting the days until you no longer have one iota of the power that you currently have.” [130]

On July 3, 2018, Rogen criticized Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, claiming he had a "bizarre need to verify white supremacists." [131] Variety magazine reported that he was "directly in touch" with Dorsey over the issue. [132] Several media outlets, including Fortune , [133] speculated that Rogen was referring to alt-right figure Jason Kessler, and the Proud Boys in particular. [134] [135]

Personal life

Rogen with his wife, Lauren Miller, at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012 Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller @ 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards (cropped).jpg
Rogen with his wife, Lauren Miller, at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012

Rogen began dating writer/actress Lauren Miller in 2004. The two met while he was working on Da Ali G Show. [22] The couple became engaged on September 29, 2010, [136] and married on October 2, 2011 in Sonoma County, California. [137] Miller has had minor on-screen roles in a few of Rogen's films. [138]

Filmography

Reception

Critical response to the films Rogen has starred in and produced.

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The 40-Year-Old Virgin 85% [139] 73 [140]
Knocked Up 90% [141] 85 [142]
Superbad 88% [143] 76 [144]
Pineapple Express 68% [145] 64 [146]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno 65% [147] 60 [148]
Observe and Report 50% [149] 40 [150]
Funny People 68% [151] 60 [152]
The Green Hornet 43% [153] 39 [153]
50/50 94% [154] 72 [155]
The Guilt Trip 38% [156] 50 [157]
Steve Jobs 86% [158] 82 [159]
This Is the End 83% [160] 67 [161]
Neighbors 73% [162] 68 [163]
The Interview 52% [164] 52 [165]
The Night Before 66% [166] 58 [167]
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 62% [168] 58 [169]
Sausage Party 84% [170] 66 [171]
The Disaster Artist 91% [172] 76 [173]
Average72%63

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResultNotes
2000 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble Freaks and Geeks Nominated [174] Shared with cast
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Da Ali G Show Nominated [28] Shared with writing staff
2006 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team The 40-Year-Old Virgin Nominated [175] Shared with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco
2007 Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy Knocked Up Nominated [176]
High Times Stony Award Stoner of the YearN/AWon [177]
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: ChemistryKnocked UpNominatedShared with Paul Rudd
Dublin Film Critics Circle Award Breakthrough AwardKnocked upNominated [28]
2008 Canadian Comedy Award Best Writing (Film) Superbad Won [178]
Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Person of the YearN/AWon [178]
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Knocked UpNominated [179]
MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Performance Knocked UpNominated [179]
ShoWest Comedy Star of the YearKnocked Up and SuperbadWon [180]
2009 Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Person of the YearN/AWon [181]
MTV Movie Award Best Fight Pineapple ExpressNominated [182] Shared with James Franco and Danny McBride
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Observe and Report and Pineapple ExpressNominated [183]
2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Monsters vs. Aliens Nominated [184]
2011 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Film 50/50 NominatedShared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical 50/50Nominated [184] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
Independent Spirit Award Best Feature Film 50/50Nominated [184] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & Ben Karlin
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film Take This Waltz Nominated [185]
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Comedy This Is the EndNominated [186] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Denver Film Critics Society AwardBest Comedy FilmThis Is the EndWon [187] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Empire Award Best Comedy This Is the EndNominated [188] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
MTV Movie Award Best Fight This Is the EndNominated [189] Shared w/ James Franco & Jonah Hill
MTV Movie Award Best Musical Sequence This Is the EndWon [190] Shared w/ Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel & Craig Robinson
American Comedy Award Funniest Motion Picture This Is the EndWon [191] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Actor – Film This Is the EndNominated [191]
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Director – Film This Is the EndWon [191] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg
American Comedy Award Best Comedy Screenplay This Is the EndNominated [191] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg
Saturn Award Best Horror Film This Is the EndNominated [192] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
Young Hollywood Award Best Cast Chemistry–Film Neighbors Nominated [193] Shared w/ cast
Young Hollywood Award Best Bromance N/ANominated [193] Shared w/ James Franco
Women Film Critics Circle Award Merry Macho Award The Interview Won [194] Shared w/ James Franco
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie NeighborsNominated [195] Shared w/ Evan Goldberg & James Weaver
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Actor NeighborsNominated [195]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Comedic Performance Sausage PartyNominated [196]
2018 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical The Disaster Artist NominatedShared w/ Evan Goldberg, James Franco, Vince Jolivette and James Weaver

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